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  • Roseau School Celebrates A New Era

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 9, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen If they were christening a battleship, a notable person would have broken a bottle of good champagne across the bow. But this is the new and improved version of the Roseau School. So instead, they utilized an enlarged scissors to cut the ribbon at 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon, August 30, at the main entrance to Roseau High School. "Our board chair Pete Kvien did the official cutting," said Superintendent Tom Jerome. Mr. Kvien In addressing the outdoor attendees, Mr. Kvien recalled...

  • First Ruby's Pantry To Be Held In Roseau

    Laurel Latham|Sep 9, 2023

    by Laurel Latham The first popup Ruby's Pantry in Roseau will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., outside the double garage doors on the south side of Roseau Electric Co-op. Ruby's Pantry is for anyone who eats! There are no income restrictions or residency requirements. "Our first Ruby's Pantry truck will hold 400 food shares," reports Volunteer Coordinator, Carol Guy. "While we are learning with this first truck, the plan is to limit two food shares or bundles per... Full story

  • Roseau's social event of the season is on 9/16

    Jeff Olsen|Sep 9, 2023

    by Jeff Olsen From 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, the Roseau Volunteer Firefighters will host their annual public banquet. Ever see a scrawny or emaciated firefighter? That's as rare as getting two holes in one on consecutive holes. They value a fine meal. And they know how to put on a great feed at their highly regarded Annual Firefighters Barbecue in Roseau at the fire hall. Last weekend, Fire Chief Leon Huot put it all in perspective. "The year has been good so far. We've been on a...

  • Write On: Poems by Annabella

    Sep 9, 2023

    Poems by: Annabella Johnson Roseau Community School Mrs. Olsen's Sophomore English Fire I love fire I know that's strange to say But it's true I really do I could stare at it all day I think it embodies beauty With its fiercely hot gaze It shows rage and calmness Its colors are gorgeous So bright and powerful The reds and yellows Oranges and blues With all its beauty, fire can tell so much It has so much to say I suppose that's why it crickle, crackles all day. Spilling its secrets to those who...

  • Getting to the real Root of the problem

    Julie Elick|Sep 9, 2023

    Have you ever listened to someone’s take on a matter, and decided right then and there that you are not hearing the whole story? Say, the person you are listening to is frustrated and angry. These emotions will definitely impact their concern. I need to remember, that the facts I am hearing, from no matter who is sharing, will be filtered by their prejudices. And have a tendency to overthink things, and run to conclusions that get me into trouble. Sometimes I wear myself out. There is a d... Full story

  • Northern Lights Concert Association Announces 40th Season

    Sep 9, 2023

    The Northern Lights Concert Association is celebrating its 40th season. Five concerts will be presented again this year. The association provides world class entertainment to our northern tier communities – Warroad, Roseau, Badger, Greenbush, and surrounding areas. 2023-2024 Concert Season CHURCH OF CASH – Sun, Oct 1, 2023 World Class Johnny Cash Tribute JASON LYLE BLACK – Sun, Oct 29, 2023 Piano Entertainer, Clever arrangements, Fun stories, and On-stage charm CHRIS FUNK THE WONDERIST – Sun...

  • I approve of the dead being allowed to vote

    Sep 9, 2023

    I think mail-in ballots are great. Out in Beaver Township, it's been in effect for at least a dozen years. If Grampa is dead and votes, he's smarter dead than many of us who are still alive. Just the other day, one of my few friends - okay, that won't do if I someday decide to run for national office. "Always think big, Little Bro. You're not unloved," said my spiritual adviser John Alexis, a former Twin Cities attorney who argued several cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court. And there you...

  • Montana Grizzly Encounter

    Jodi Wojciechowski|Sep 9, 2023

    We stopped to check out the Montana Grizzly Encounter, which is a bear rescue facility where you can see grizzly bears up close. If you've never seen a grizzly bear, this is a great way to see one in an affordable way that doesn't even take too much time. The Montana Grizzly Encounter is located by Bozeman, Montana. It provides a natural home for rescued grizzlies and offers the public a place to learn about grizzly bears as they watch the majestic animals up close and personal. One of the...

  • You Know Your Old When...

    Sheldon Larson|Sep 9, 2023

    The school buses are back on our roads once again. They are carrying our countries most important and prized possessions that represent our future. It has been fifty-three years since this old coots last first day of school. This student was never an Al Bundy where high school was his glory years. Not to hint of a bad attitude, but the only thing I ever wanted out of school was me. The school in Montana had a sign by the clock in study hall that said “Time will pass. Will you?” Time seemed to stand still while in school. Boy has it ever speed...

  • Malung Scandinavian Fest

    Sep 9, 2023

    Nordic Roots food, entertainment, arts, trades and crafts will be back at Malung Community Center on September 22 – 23. This year marks the 3rd annual Scandinavian Fest; the communities’ event to raise funds for the operation and maintenance of the facilities and grounds at Malung. Carla Lindemoen, director for the all-volunteer event, said that this year’s Scandinavian Fest is expected to surpass previous years. “We have outstanding food options, merchandise selections and entertainment scheduled. Children activities and programs will be held... Full story

  • A Perfect Day

    Tom Palen|Sep 9, 2023

    I watched a beautiful sunrise over Lake Superior during my drive to Duluth. I was returning the sander we had rented to finish the hardwood floors. "Darn! I forgot the extension cord." The cord was back at the house, seventy miles away. I wasn't going to let that ruin this day. Besides, Melissa and I would go through Duluth again that night on our way to Iowa. The rental company agreed to let me drop off the cord after hours. On the way home, I stopped at KWIK Trip for a cup of coffee. I handed...

  • Kevin Joel Bergeron, 64

    Sep 9, 2023

    Warroad- Kevin Joel Bergeron passed away unexpectedly while working in the yard on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at his home in Warroad at the age of 64. Kevin was born to Vern and Eva Mae (Theroux) Bergeron of Oklee on March 4th, 1959. His family home was in Oklee until he graduated from Oklee High School in 1977. He then moved to Thief River Falls to attend the AVTI where he earned a carpentry degree in 1979. After graduating from the AVTI Kevin worked at Thorstad Construction, based out of Morris...

  • Betty Lou Martha (Olson) Spina, 85

    Sep 9, 2023

    Moorhead- Betty Lou Martha (Olson) Spina was born August 12, 1938, in Norland Township, Salol, and passed away at St. Luke's Nursing Home in Dickinson, N.D., on August 28, 2023, at the age of 85 years. Left to mourn her passing are her children Greg (Julie); Jean (Jerry) Delorme; Gary; and Kari (Blake) Dunn. She is also survived by her brother, Raymond Olson, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Megan Piekutowski and Brendan; Natalie (Brad) Nitchke and Grayce, Elsie and Nancy;...

  • Eunice Janet Monsrud, 89

    Sep 9, 2023

    Portland, Ore.- Eunice Janet Monsrud (Petrowski) passed away peacefully on August 25th, 2023. Eunice was born May 24th, 1934 in Roseau, daughter of Stanley and Verna Petrowski. The middle of five children, her early years were spent on the family farm located on the banks of the Roseau River. She and her siblings all helped with the chores in the kitchen, food pantry, vegetable garden, hay and grain fields, and the milk barn, as well as tending to their cattle, pigs and chickens while drawing...

  • Raymond Efta, 96

    Sep 9, 2023

    Greenbush- Raymond Efta of Greenbush passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston. Raymond Severn Efta was born February 25, 1927 in Barto Township, Roseau County near Greenbush son of Joseph B. and Victoria (Blawat) Efta. At the age of two his parents moved to Wibaux, Mont. where he resided seven years before returning to the farm where he was born. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Ray continued to make this his home after high school...

  • Mary Agnes Corneliusen, 66

    Sep 9, 2023

    Warroad- Mary Agnes Corneliusen, Warroad was born on January 26, 1957 in Minneapolis to June and Anthony Kos. She was the youngest of three children. Mary’s life was taken on August 28, 2023. She was 66 years old. Mary left home at a young age and lived a rather nomadic lifestyle for many years. Mama was a rolling stone. She travelled to and lived in many, many places. Mary took pride in the fact that she had been to 48 of the 50 states and had countless stories about her adventures. Mary had a...

  • Bruce Ian Monsrud, 71

    Sep 9, 2023

    Roseau - Bruce Ian Monsrud was born on April 3, 1952 in Roseau to Arnold and Teresa (Rebarchek) Monsrud. He grew up in Roseau and graduated from Roseau High School in 1970 before continuing his education at Alexandria Technical College for construction. He moved to the Fargo/Moorhead area and settled North of West Fargo. In November of 1981 Bruce married the love of his life Martha Reed. After experiencing a fall while working construction Bruce worked for Scheels Hardware, he then moved back...

  • John LeRoy Feldman, 84

    Sep 9, 2023

    Ft. Washington, Md.- John LeRoy Feldman, 84, of Ft. Washington, Maryland passed away at Valley Senior Living in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Thursday, August 31, 2023. He was born in Sault Ste, Marie, Michigan, on August 1, 1939 to John and Elizabeth (Caulder) Feldman. Educated in the Sault St. Marie, Michigan schools, he graduated from Sault St. Marie High School (1957). Following graduation, he received a scholarship to Soo Tech, a branch campus of Michigan Technological University (MTU). He...

  • Willard Wayne Monsrud, 89

    Sep 9, 2023

    Badger- Willard Wayne Monsrud passed away at his home near Badger on September 2, 2023 at the age of 89 years. Willard was born at home in Stokes township to parents Albert and Alma (Larson) Monsrud. He grew to adulthood in the Badger community, attending school through the 8th grade. He and Verna Gramstad were married on February 24, 1955 in Steinbach, MB. As a young man Willard did some logging, farming and milked cows. He worked at Polaris for 27 years as a welder, in R&D and as a foreman...

  • Ken Wellen, 93

    Sep 9, 2023

    West Saint Paul- Ken Wellen passed away peacefully on August 30, 2023 at the age of 93. Ken was born in Roseau on August 18, 1930 to Gladys (Markstrom) and Louis Wellen. He grew up in Roseau and loved to play hockey. During his freshman year, Ken was a goalie on the 1946 MN State Championship Team. He was later switched to center during his senior year. Ken graduated from Roseau High School in 1949 and stayed in Roseau for a year playing hockey on the Roseau Senior Amateur team. Ken enrolled at...

  • 50 years ago… Helicopters used to spot rustlers

    Carrie Johnson|Sep 9, 2023

    5 years ago – Sept. 8, 2018 Kurt Weston joined Citizens State Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer, filling the shoes of Larry Vatnsdal who was retiring. Candidates for Roseau County Attorney were Karen Foss and Kristy Kjos. Genevieve Michal of Salol received top honors at the Horticultural Show in Baudette on August 11. Jack and Gwen Gross were celebrating their 50th anniversary on September 15 with an open house at the Roseau Community Church. The Gridiron Rams defeated the Warroad Warriors 1...

  • Moorhead Youth Fishing For Walleye Hooks A Wallet

    Laurel Latham|Sep 9, 2023

    by Laurel Latham Fourteen-year-old Connor Halsa of Moorhead was 16 miles from shore on Lake of the Woods in 20 foot deep water, when he threw in his fishing line on June 30th. Almost immediately Conner hooked something that felt quite heavy and gave a good strong jerk to set his hook. As Conner reeled in his line, he imagined a nice-sized fish had taken his bait. But when his cousin, Brandon, netted his catch, what he had actually snagged was a soggy, slimy, moss covered wallet! Brandon opened t... Full story

  • The Ultimate Alright – A Message For Troubled Hearts

    Pastor Joe Elick 1940-2021|Sep 9, 2023

    Think back with me for a few moments to the "skinned knees" of your childhood. What did you do? As a little kid, when, all-of-a-sudden, life HURT? Maybe it was a skinned knee, a bad dream, an upset "tummy," the loss of a pet, or even the death of an important person in your life. What did you do? First see if you can recall the pain, and then recall what you did. Well, when hurt happened to me as a little person, I would run crying to mom or dad. I needed, in quick succession a lap, arms, and... Full story